Linda Tucker’s book, Saving the White Lions (Hay House 2013) is dedicated
to a truly remarkable White Lioness, named Marah.

This is Marah’s story…

Returning the Queen to her Kingdom

In 2000, a white cub was born in a hunting camp just outside the town of Bethlehem (South Africa) on Christmas Day.
This baby lioness was regarded as having great sacred significance by African elders.
She was named MARAH (meaning ‘Mother of the Sungod’) by pre-eminent African wiseman, Credo Mutwa.

Unfortunately, the area surrounding Bethlehem in South Africa was the epi-centre of the notorious canned lion hunting industry, now widely known as “Blood Lions”. Lions were forcibly removed from the wild and bred in extermination camps. Cubs are first offered to local visitors and foreign tourism to be petted for a fee, then later, as tame adults, shot as high income-earning trophies.

NOTE: Although Bethlehem was one of the very first areas to perpetrate these malpractices, this industry is now a widespread in South Africa.
See Canned Hunting 

Back to 2000: through continual forced removals from their natural endemic habitat into these killing camps as well as zoos and circuses around the globe, White Lions were considered extinct in the wild.

Both Marah’s parents had been forcibly removed from their birthland in the wilds of Timbavati. Although golden in colour, both carried the White Lion recessive gene. After producing many dozens of golden cubs – Marah’s siblings – a snow white cub suddenly appeared.

Because both her parents were removed for only one generation from their endemic habitat, Marah was considered of extremely high genetic integrity. However, it was her adorable nature that captured Linda’s heart.Through her studies with African lion shamans, who entrusted her with knowledge of the spiritual and cultural importance of these magnificent creatures regarded as the King of Kings, Linda was well-placed to understand the sacred nature of this amazing little lioness, Marah.

MARAH at 5 days oldHolding Marah in her arms in the middle of the killing camp just one day after her birth, Linda promised she would dedicate her life to ensuring the freedom of the lioness. It took years to honor that pledge, while a ruthless, unpoliced commercial industry of petting speed-bred baby cubs continued to grow.

Despite the lies that were disseminated by this captive industry about “saving the species,” these hand-raised lions could never hope to return to the wild as their genetics had been so badly impaired through speed-breeding. Their familiarity with humans meant they were regarded as “dangerous predators” or “problem animals” by nature conservation officials.

For a beautiful and harrowing first hand account of Marah’s story, read Linda Tucker book, Saving the White Lionsnow the subject of a Hollywood script.

Their Ancestral Kingdom

Back in December 2000, Linda was instructed by the African elders that it was her life-task to ensure the safety and freedom of this precious lioness, and to return Marah to the land of her birthright, Timbavati, at the very heart of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere. African elders tell us that Timbavati (“Tsimba-Vaati”) means the Place where the StarLions came down.

There is a great mystique associated with the geographical coordinates of Timbavati, which align exactly with the Egyptian Sphinx of Giza (humankind’s oldest lion riddle). This fact was first delivered to the world in Linda Tucker’s ground-breaking book, Mystery of the White Lions (2001).

Timbavati was regarded as a sacred site for many hundreds of years by African kings due to the White Lions’ re-occurrence in this specific region.

Linda understood that Timbavati was not only the White Lions’ natural endemic habitat, it was also their ancestral kingdom.

The Fight for her Freedom

Given her rare genetic pedigree, this institution in turn was reluctant to release Marah. They identified her as a prime specimen for captive breeding, and refused to part with her. Once again, Linda and her trusted team of advisors, now led by lion ecologist Jason A. Turner, had to fight for Marah’s freedom.

While a legal battle took place over the guardianship of Marah, the beautiful lioness was forced to breed by the zoo. She gave birth to a litter of snow white cubs in the dungeons, out of sight of the public.
The ancestral elders named the cubs Regeus, Letaba and Zihra, meaning first ray of sunlight in three different root languages. Their radiant names were all the more poignant as the cubs themselves were unable to see sunlight from their place of captivity for their first 9 months, while Linda and her legal team fought to free them and ensured an interdict allowing Marah to raise her cubs herself without human handling or imprinting. This lack of human contact with the cubs was vital for their re-wilding process.

As for freedom, it was now no longer a battle simply for Marah’s release from captivity but also for her three precious cubs. Marah’s adorable cubs were her direct lineage – so under no circumstances would Linda and her team abandon them to a life-time of miserable captivity.

Finally, Linda and her team won the long legal battle. The Madonna-like lioness and her three cubs were flown from the zoo to a safe haven in an undisclosed area. This was only made possible because of the extraordinary love and patronage of Mireille Vince, who was prepared to put up the funding for all four lions.

Since Timbavati is the only endemic birthplace of the White Lions, Linda was committed to returning Marah and her cubs to their natural and spiritual homelands.

The next monumental step was the acquisition of the strategic property identified by African elders as the Sacred Heartland of the White Lions in the Timbavati region, where the White Lions reintroduction to the wilds of their original birthplace could safely take place in a carefully phased long-term scientific program.

At last, Linda and her team’s challenging long-term objective is finally achievable, as Marah and her three royal cubs are the first White Lions to set paw back in their White Lion kingdom, the sacred homelands which is their birthright.

Today, there are three prides in the protected area created by the Global White Lion Protection Trust, in the heart of their ancestral homelands, Marah’s proud lineage.

Meet our Pride and Joy 

“White Lions are the holiest animals on the African continent. To harm a White Lion is to harm the land. To kill a White Lion is to kill the soul of Africa.”

– Lion Shaman Maria Khosa teaching Linda Tucker

Mystery of the White Lions
by Linda Tucker

Linda with Marah the lioness she rescued from a death camp in Bethlehem and returned to the wild with her cubs.

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"To give heartfelt thanks through our approach and behavior strengthens LionHearts with appreciation for nature’s gifts and, in the same way, supports those around us to reconnect with theirs." Linda Tucker - The 13 LAWS of LionHearted Leadership
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From Origination to Aspiration. Join us for this FREE Webinar about the 13 Adventures,13 Laws in 13 Days. What better way to introduce yourself to the radiant Laws of LionHearted Leadership™.

LionHeartedness—that quality of fearlessness that ignites your heart to live your life and change your world.

Once you truly start to feel the power of your heart connection, you are fueled and driven in an entirely new way. A way which enables you to achieve different outcomes. Outcomes that will deeply fulfill you and transform your world.

This Webinar is led by Linda Tucker, renowned conservationist and author of ‘The 13 LAWS of Lion-Hearted Leadership™’.
Inspired by first-hand knowledge of the White Lions, Linda Tucker has led leadership courses since 2005. In 2012, she founded the White Lion Leadership™ Academy attended by local community leaders and students from around the globe. The purpose of the Academy is to promote LionHearted Leadership™ to enable future leaders from all walks of life to become powerful agents of change, willing to challenge existing paradigms and champion new ways.

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From Origination to Aspiration. Join us for this FREE Webinar about the 13 Adventures,13 Laws in 13 Days. What better way to introduce yourself to the radiant Laws of LionHearted Leadership™. LionHeartedness—that quality of fearlessness that ignites your heart to live your life and change your world. Once you truly start to feel the power of your heart connection, you are fueled and driven in an entirely new way. A way which enables you to achieve different outcomes. Outcomes that will deeply fulfill you and transform your world. This Webinar is led by Linda Tucker, renowned conservationist and author of ‘The 13 LAWS of Lion-Hearted Leadership™’. Inspired by first-hand knowledge of the White Lions, Linda Tucker has led leadership courses since 2005. In 2012, she founded the White Lion Leadership™ Academy attended by local community leaders and students from around the globe. The purpose of the Academy is to promote LionHearted Leadership™ to enable future leaders from all walks of life to become powerful agents of change, willing to challenge existing paradigms and champion new ways. Sign up today for this FREE webinar. Soon we will post the link to register ! But you want to secure your place, you can already register now by sending an email ([email protected]), we will send you the link via email as soon as we have created it. We look forward to meeting and connecting with you!

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Step into your purpose. Discover your pawprint. Uncage your gifts.

Charting your own path means walking according to your own original plan, your hearts’ path, which means you can never fail.

Igniting the LionHeart Training is led by renowned conservationist Linda Tucker, author of The 13 LAWS of LionHearted Leadership™. offered by the Linda Tucker Foundation, in support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust.

Typically, a course would include riverine walks, lion patrols, a sleep out under the stars, “story-telling” your unique leadership narrative, guarding the flame and other heart-activating experiences. All these are based on the 13 Laws of LionHearted Leadership™ aimed at equipping you with the millennial tool-kit to transform your world.

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Step into your purpose. Discover your pawprint. Uncage your gifts. Charting your own path means walking according to your own original plan, your hearts’ path, which means you can never fail. Igniting the LionHeart Training is led by renowned conservationist Linda Tucker, author of The 13 LAWS of LionHearted Leadership™. offered by the Linda Tucker Foundation, in support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust. Typically, a course would include riverine walks, lion patrols, a sleep out under the stars, “story-telling” your unique leadership narrative, guarding the flame and other heart-activating experiences. All these are based on the 13 Laws of LionHearted Leadership™ aimed at equipping you with the millennial tool-kit to transform your world. Get an impression of what the workshop is about and check out our video: youtu.be/SJ83qDlNN5Q For more information [email protected] Photographic Imagery by Veronica Coetzer

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When the going gets tough, the LionHearts are unstoppable!

Despite the sad outcome of ANC cabinet members unable to stand united to remove our corrupt president through a Vote of No Confidence, we are encouraged knowing that emerging next-gen leadership is on its way up - and truly LionHearted in its commitment to address key issues of transformation.

The most recent “Ignition of the LionHeart” training culminated on World Lion Day: Brave, Strong and True.

It was again a very special group of people, and one of the LionHearted participants shared with us how she experienced this intense training:
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And seeing it as a gift and not as a burden.
And with all our different, unique footprints treating our world with the love, respect and the harmony it deserves."

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Today, a new group of special people start their one week intensive training in the heart of White Lion ancestral territories, to ignite the LionHearted in their emerging leadership. The training is intense, focused and experiential, a unique resilience training based on the wisdom of an ancient Lion-Human contract of co-governance that defines true leadership today. Igniting the LionHeart is all about actualizing the dream you are holding in the very core of your heart and freeing yourself from restrictions by putting your unique gifts into practice. For more information [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less

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With deep sadness, we honor this great lioness, who survived against monumental odds, and often came visiting our pride on our eastern frontier. She was an expert huntress, and eye witness accounts describe her pulling down game for her own pride. ... See MoreSee Less

With deep sadness, we honor this great lioness, who survived against monumental odds, and often came visiting our pride on our eastern frontier. She was an expert huntress, and eye witness accounts describe her pulling down game for her own pride. A recent scientific paper established that White Lions are successful hunters in the wild (www.open-science-repository.com/biology-45011830.html). Stress in their natural system, however, including higher incidence of poaching, Bovine Tuberculosis, and the impact of commercial lion trophy hunting, has unnaturally increased the level of conflict amongst lion prides. Commercial trophy hunting often targets pride males, impacting not only the individual lion hunted, but destabilizing the entire pride structure. If Timbavati resumes their lion trophy hunting policy (which was halted briefly following the notorious Cecil incident), the future survival of white lions in the wild, as well as tawny lions carrying the white lion gene, remains in jeopardy.

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Another stunning piece of Art by Lorraine Lea Turner called "Indigo Inspiration" is now available at etsy.com. And 100% proceeds for the White Lions! Thank you so much Lorraine, for your amazing work. www.etsy.com/listing/546059771/white-lions-in-denim-and-lace?ref=shop_home_active_1

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After an incredible 3 weeks of rehearsals, we are moving into our performance venue today.

Performance : 27 July 2017
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Excitement in the air: Garingani White Lion cast, crew and creative team. After an incredible 3 weeks of rehearsals, we are moving into our performance venue today. Performance : 27 July 2017

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